I am currently a man without a party, having got sick and tired of the willful stupidity of the Libertarian Party and holding both the Democratic and Republican parties in thorough contempt. I was relieved to see your rhetoric holding that there were limits to what government could do and your promises to fight the excesses of the current executive office holder and restore constitutional separation of powers.
I told friends and neighbors, most of whom disagreed strongly with me, that this year there was indeed a lesser evil for a change among the big two parties, and that you were he.
I was wrong.
Today you voted to give George W. Bush unlimited wiretap powers to spy on the communications of all Americans without warrant- without even suspicion. You voted to essentially take the FISA court, already a rubber stamp for executive power, out of the process entirely. Worst of all, you voted to grant immunity to telecom corporations for aiding George W. Bush in spying on Americans before this authority was given to him by Congress- aiding and abetting, in other words, in the commission of a felony.
By this vote, you have demonstrated the following:
* Large wealthy corporations are not subject to the same laws that the common people are, and thus may do things with impunity that would lead to imprisonment for the rest of us.
* You believe in unlimited executive power, and oppose executive accountability for crimes committed and admitted.
* Your word, previously given to not merely oppose but filibuster this measure, is worthless, and you cannot be trusted any more than the rest of your corrupt and cowardly party.
It is possible, indeed probable, that I will vote for you in November, despite this. The danger of a new war with Iran and a permanent occupation of Iraq are too important to allow Republicans to retain the White House, under any circumstances. I have little faith in Bob Barr and no faith in the party that nominated him, and I cannot stomach the theocratic views of the Constitution Party or the communist views of the Green Party.
But with this vote to gut the Fourth Amendment you have forfeited my active support. I have contributed only a tiny amount, to be sure... but you will not get another dime from me. Nor will you get my support as a volunteer or campaigner.
Henceforth, Mr. Obama, I am done with you, unless in the months that come you either admit that today's vote was an error on your part and apologize to the American people, or else you call for the criminal prosecution of those in the telecom corporations who cooperated with George W. Bush... and call, in turn, for either Bush's impeachment while in office or his criminal prosecution once he leaves office. Only by one or the other of these things- and preferably both- will you give me any reason to believe that you can be trusted to match your campaign rhetoric with your action in office.
In the meantime, Mr. Obama, I intend to treat you as I do most members of both the Democratic and Republican parties- as a generic politician who will say and do anything for the sake of advancing personal ambition.
Until you rethink your decision to sacrifice your principles for the sake of a "compromise" that gained you nothing, I bid you good day and goodbye.
former Obama supporter